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New live tariff finally approved

17 May 2018

A NEW PRS For Music live tariff has been ratified after more than three years of negotiations. The Copyright Tribunal gave its assent to the deal, which will see the performance royalty collection body increase its tariff from three per cent to four per cent of gross ticket revenue for concerts,…

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BRITs Week breaks fundraising record

9 May 2018

THE BRITS Week concert series raised more than £650,000 for the War Child charity, up on the £567,000 raised by the event last year. Among acts to take part in the week-long event in February were Ed Sheeran at Indigo at The O2 (cap. 2,350), Rag‘n’Bone Man at Islington Assembly…

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Joint PPL PRS operation to generate £300m a year

9 May 2018

THE NEW joint venture between performance royalty collection body PRS For Music and recorded music licensing organisation PPL (Phonographic Performance Ltd) has introduced a single licence to cover the two sectors. Based in Leicester, PPL PRS Ltd will issue TheMusicLicence to replace those previously granted individually by PRS and PPL,…

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Phoenix finally rises in Woking

8 May 2018

SURREY TOWN Woking is about to get a new 1,000-capacity venue, The Fiery Bird, after a near decade-long campaign to establish a community music venue. Not-for-profit organisation The Phoenix Cultural Centre (TPCC) has been granted a two-year lease from Woking Borough Council to operate the venue, which was formerly the…

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Palladium introduces standing area

8 May 2018

THE LONDON Palladium will begin hosting standing-area concerts for the first time from next year, with a four-week run of shows. By removing the seats in the stalls area, venue owner Really Useful Theatres (RUT) will increase the Grade II listed theatre’s seated concert capacity from 2,273 to 2,750 with…

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Resellers emerge from the shadows to fight their corner

7 May 2018

IN THE face of heightened scrutiny of the secondary ticketing market and a growing movement to curtail ticket touting, a new group has launched to improve the image of professional resellers. Fair Ticketing Alliance (FTA) – a name remarkably similar to artiste-backed, anti-touting campaign group FanFair Alliance – has been…

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Brayley joins Coventry Empire

6 May 2018

VETERAN BRISTOL promoter Dave Brayley of DCB Promotions has been appointed live music promoter and booker at The Empire Coventry (cap. 900). Brayley’s more than 20 years experience as a leading promoter in Bristol and the South West includes five years working at Bristol’s Bierkeller (700), which closed in February….

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Restaurant chain increase live music

6 May 2018

PIZZA EXPRESS is to convert up to 50 of its restaurants into live entertainment venues as part of a plan to widen its premises’ appeal. The company, which has 477 eateries across the UK, already has 20 live venues, including one in Maidstone and two in central London. It revamped…

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Victim of Viagogo secures nearly £300,000 in refunds

5 May 2018

THE OVERALL total of refunds secured for people ripped-off by resale site Viagogo, by Facebook-based support group Victim of Viagogo has risen to more than £290,000. The group now has 580 members, with 289 more waiting to join, and receives around 20 phone calls every day from distressed secondary ticket…

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ATG to manage new Swansea venue

4 May 2018

AMBASSADOR THEATRE Group (ATG) has signed a deal with Swansea Council to run the city’s planned 3,500-capacity concert venue, which is due to open in 2020. Designed to host music and theatre events, the venue will also be able to accommodate conferences and exhibitions. Building work on the site of…

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